How To Prevent the Freshmen Fifteen

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Every college freshmen looks forward to the newfound freedom, new friends, and new dorm room college life brings, yet with those exciting experiences comes the oh-so-dreaded freshmen fifteen, a haunting threat looming above. It’s easy to say “I eat whatever and never gain weight” or “I’ll watch what I eat,” yet those few pounds happen to the best of us, even those with fast metabolisms. A friend of mine ate whatever she wanted during high school and did not believe in the freshmen fifteen until she went home last year during winter break and had gained almost fifteen pounds, going from one-sixteen to one-twenty-nine. Homework and activities get in the way of exercising, and one thing leads the next and before we know it, our favorite pair of jeans don’t fit anymore. But the key to avoiding the freshmen fifteen isn’t only diet or exercise, but knowing how to handle your emotions and stress during the first year of college, and understanding how food and emotion go hand in hand. Once you’ve mastered that, you’ll be set. We all need food to sustain us, and there are many things in food that affect our emotions. The composition of the food combines with the atmosphere around us to indicate how we feel, and what we eat. As most people know, sugar makes you hyper. But it’s not just any sugar, it’s specifically refined sugar. A child who eats tons of sugary snacks will have a lot of energy, but then will crash. That is because refined sugar is absorbed rapidly into our blood stream, causing spiking levels of blood sugar. High blood sugar leads to feelings of contentment, but as the blood sugar drops, we get impatient, irritable, and sometimes physically aggressive. The reasons for this are very primitive, and relate to “wh... ... middle of paper ... ...and Food-Related Reward Activation in the Brain During Food Choice During Eating in the Absence of Hunger.” International Journal of Obesity 34 (2010): 172-181. Academic Search Premiere. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. Challem, Jack. “The Food-Mood Solution.” Total Health 30.1 (2008): 36-37.Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 Oct. 2011. Evers, Catharine, F. Marijn Stok, and Denise T.D. De Riddler. “Feeding Your Feelings: Emotion Regulation Strategies and Emotional Eating.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 36.6 (May 2010): 791-804. SAGE Journals Online. Web. 5 Nov. 2011. Oliver, Georgina; Jane Wardle, and Leigh Gibson. “Stress and Food Choice: A Laboratory Study.” Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavior Medicine 62.6 (2000): 853-865. WorldCat. Web. 6 Nov. 2011. Stokes, Brenda. “Foods High In Vitamin B Complex.” LiveStrong. 9 Oct. 2009. Web. 15 Nov. 2011.

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